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    Phegley's Three Homers Power Hoosiers Past Morehead State

    Go Hoosiers! Josh Phegley became the first Hoosier since 1999 to hit three home runs in a game.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Josh Phegley became the first Hoosier since 1999 to hit three home runs in a game.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 10, 2009

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's offense exploded for nine home runs, 22 hits and 18 runs in an 18-3 victory over Morehead State on Tuesday. Josh Phegley tied the school record with five hits, and came just one longball short of the IU mark with three home runs. He also drove in six and scored four times in the win as the Hoosiers improved to 5-6 on the year.

    With the wind blowing out, IU got longballs from Evan Crawford, Jerrud Sabourin, Alex Dickerson, Kipp Schutz, Cody Webber and Jake Dunning in addition to Phegley's three. Dunning's first Indiana homer was a grand slam in the first to break the game open. Dickerson's bomb was his fourth on the year - now tied with Phegley for the team lead, while Crawford's homer was his second. All others were the first homers hit in 2009 by the respective batters.

    Sabourin continued his torrid hitting, raising his average to .532 with three hits in four at-bats. The sophomore drove in two runs and scored three times out of the second slot in the order. Schutz, Webber and Dunning each had two hits and scored twice in the win as well.

    On the mound, Chris Squires improved to 1-0 in making his first start of the year. The junior was impressive despite the hitter-friendly conditions, allowing just five hits and two walks in his six innings. The Ft. Wayne native also struck out two. Trey Smith collected the loss after giving up five bombs in his one-plus inning of action.

     

     

    After Morehead State got on the board on a solo home run by Drew Lee, Indiana responded with eight runs on three longballs in the first inning. Crawford, Phegley and Dunning each went deep in the frame, with Dunning's grand slam putting the exclamation point on the inning. The Hoosiers had seven hits in the first, with Dickerson the only IU batter not to reach base safely. It was the biggest first inning for Indiana since scoring 11 on Purdue last year.

    IU added two more in the second and three in the third to make it 13-1. Phegley and Dickerson went back-to-back to start the second to extend Indiana's lead to nine runs. They became the first Hoosiers to go back-to-back since Jay Brant and Joe Kemp against St. Francis in 2005. In the third, IU got two more longballs, with Sabourin and Schutz going deep. Sabourin's shot was a liner to right and after Phegley doubled, Schutz added a two-run shot to the deepest part of the park in right center.

    After Morehead State got a run back on an RBI double by Mark Fear in the fourth, Indiana added two in the fifth and three in the sixth. Phegley got the first two on a two-run shot that scored Sabourin in the fifth, then Cody Webber led off the sixth with his first career longball. Sabourin added a sac fly to score T.C. Knipp in the frame and Phegley completed his day with an RBI single to left that scored Dunning.

    After Squires finished his six strong innings of work, Marshall Gorham, Matt Igel and Kyle Leiendecker each posted shutout frames of their own. Gorham gave up two infield hits and a bloop single, but got a 5-3 double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the seventh. Igel and Leiendecker each struck out a man in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

    The Hoosiers return to action tomorrow against Kentucky in Lexington. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. and live audio and statistics will be available on IUHoosiers.com.


       

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